Kanagawa 神奈川

Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa is located just south of Tokyo and is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The prefectural capital is Yokohama with a population of about 3.7 million people. Making Yokohama the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo.

Things to see in Kanagawa

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Kanagawa.

  1. Kamakura

    Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotokuin Temple

    Located about an hour south of Tokyo, Kamakura is a small coastal town in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Kamakura became the political center of Japan for over a century when the shogun Minamoto Yoritomo set up his military government in the town in 1192. And is still sometimes referred to as the Kyoto if Eastern Japan, with its many temples and shrines. Other than its historical value, Kamakura's sand beaches is a popular spot during the summer.

    One of the most popular attractions in the town is the Great Buddha of Kamakura, located at the grounds of the Kotokuin Temple. The 13.35 meter heigh bronze statue is one of the largest in whole of Japan. It was cast in 1252 and was originally located in a large temple hall, much like the Great Buddha in Nara's Todaiji Temple. But the temple structure was destroyed several times in strong storms and tsunami leaving the statue in its present form outside.

    How to get there

    From Tokyo riding the JR Yokosuka Line to Kamakura Station, with the ride taking just about an hour. Transfering to the Enode railway line from Kamakura Station and getting off at Hase station, from where the Great Buddha is only a short 10 minute walk away.

  2. Hakone Hot Springs

    Mount Fuji as seen from Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture

    Hakone has traditionally been one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts. With more than a dozen hot springs providing bathing water to the many ryokan and onsen in the region. While staying guests have access to the baths for free, many of the ryokan also allows daytime visitors to enjoy the baths for an admission fee.

    Hot spring bath in Hakone

    How to get there

    From Tokyo by the Odakyu Railway that runs from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Hakone-Yumoto Station. The train ride takes from about 85 minutes to 2 hours depending on type of train.